If you’re not jetting off into the sun this summer, you might be looking for fun things to do with the kids at home. Thankfully there are a wide range of activities you can do that won’t cost the earth, so here’s how to make the most of the weeks ahead:
Organise plenty of fun, free daytrips
Summer holidays don’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are many fun things to do in the UK that won’t break the bank including a trip to one of London’s many museums or a day out at one of the capital’s stunningly beautiful parks. There are also a wealth of free playgrounds and nature trails dotted around the country and you could even get on your rollerblades or bikes and go on an adventure of your own. And, if you fancy treating the little ones here and there to a meal out or an activity that costs money you could always use budgeting tools from the likes of Money Advice Service to ensure you don’t overspend during the school holidays.
Go camping – in your back garden
Kids love camping, so why not whisk them away to one of Britain’s fantastic camp sites, or simply set up base in your back garden instead? There’s something wonderfully exciting about sleeping outdoors and little ones won’t mind if they’re on the beach, in the hills or at home – so long as they can tell creepy tales, shine torches, cook marshmallows, sleep on wobbly air beds and chat all night long – you know, regular camping activities. Camping at home is also a great idea if you have children of different ages as you can still put the babies to sleep in their normal beds while the older kids run around outside and tire themselves out.
Children love using their imaginations to create new and innovative things, so try to organise a wealth of arts and crafts activities in a bid to keep them occupied. There are plenty of things you can do, from painting and drawing to collages and jewellery making sessions, so put your thinking cap on and come up with a range of creative ideas. You’ll also find an array of excellent summertime craft ideas online via sites like The Imagination Tree and Pinterest is always a great place to turn to if you’re in need of inspiration. What’s more, don’t forget to make the most of the better weather by doing messy activities outside. That way you won’t have to worry too much about paint spills and such like and and can let your little ones unleash their inner artist in style.
Bake, bake, bake!
At the start of the summer holidays, surprise each of your children with a mini apron, chef’s hat and wooden spoon. If they’re old enough, ask them to come up with three exciting recipes before cooking each one together. Not only will this teach youngsters how to be creative in the kitchen, it will allow you to all bond over a fun-filled activity. Kids will enjoy making their own meals and are sure to find eating them even better!
With a little thought and preparation, staying at home during the school holidays can be great fun, so try out these ideas and make the most of your time together.